Spy vs Spy

Snowden asks Putin LIVE: Does Russia intercept or store comms?

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Everyone who has read MAD magazine remembers “Spy vs Spy” slapstickish antics.

Always thought it was a a caricatured “us vs them” Cold War cartoon.

In this newer version they bring it close to home with the revelations of Obamas massive surveillance network used to spy on ordinary Americans telecommunications & computer activity as well as world



Also spawned a video game:


In this spy vs spy exchange, Snowdon briefly “interviews” Putin via videolink.


Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn’t Do Mass Surveillance

by Mark Memmott

April 17, 2014 7:55 AM ET

[..[exchange between the young American who has leaked information about U.S. surveillance efforts and the Russian leader came during Putin’s annual appearance on Russian TV in which he takes questions from the public. Snowden, who has been given temporary asylum in Russia, connected via video link and asked Putin: “Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?”

Putin began his response by telling Snowden that “you are a former agent, a spy. I used to work for an intelligence service [the KGB]. We are going to talk one professional language.”


More, slightly expanded version

Wowza. Sounds like Vlad is impressed with the fledgling spy which takes some doing — and looks kinda like a job offer. Rollin with the big dog(s) now. Interestingly, Vlad loves his best friend Koni, the oh-so familiar dog who accompanies him on state visits as well as inside the visits including the sit-down with vistitee.


Softer side of Vlad:


3 thoughts on “Spy vs Spy

  1. the tinfoil hatters an apology with the Snowdon revelations. Monday two newspapers, Washington Post & UKs Guardian won a Pulitzer for their stories detailing a massive surveillance program conducted by our government via NSA on US citizens as well as world leaders.

    National Security

    3:44 pm Wed April 16, 2014.

    Edward Snowden: From ‘Geeky’ Dropout To NSA Leaker

    By editor

    What motivated Edward Snowden to leak NSA secrets? Bryan Burrough, Suzanna Andrews and Sarah Ellison explore Snowden’s background in an article for Vanity Fair.

    The Guardian/Getty Images Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has revealed some of the group’s most carefully guarded secrets.

    The reporting on the documents he leaked won a Pulitzer Prize for the Washington Post and The Guardian, announced on Monday.


    And he has a job. I must’ve missed this but works for a large website in Russia:

    The Two-Way 8:47 am Thu October 31, 2013.

    Edward Snowden Has Job At Russian Website, Lawyer Says

    Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013

    Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked secrets about the agency’s spying and surveillance programs, “has found a website maintenance job in Russia,” according to that nation’s RIA Novosti news agency.

  2. when answering Snowdon’s query, however as usual not the whole truth. Another episode of “True, But Not the Truth”, only in this episode it’s pretty much untrue.

    The Two-Way11:53 am Fri April 18, 2014.

    Here’s What Putin Didn’t Tell Snowden About Russia’s Spying

    By Mark Memmott

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, who appears not to have told the whole story about his nation’s surveillance programs.

    Alexei Nikolsky AP “Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?” former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

    “We don’t have a mass system of such interception, and according to our law it cannot exist,” the Russian leader responded.

    Well, as NPR’s Tom Gjelten tweets, the bipartisan Center for Strategic & International Studies has now provided “an actual answer” to Snowden’s query.


    Snowdon not buying any of it:

    For his part, Snowden wrote in The Guardian on Friday that Putin’s response was “suspiciously narrow” and that the Russian leader “dodged” the issue of whether a mass surveillance program is morally justified


  3. what a pity, for some reason, it seems like he is really being used by the media. First there is him doing the ridiculous interview wiith Putin on RT , acting more of a straight man to Putin. What did he think he was doing, going to expose Russia and Putin to the world?  Does Snowden think he is so clever that he can dupe Putin to “trap him in a lie?” Doesn’t he know that RT is Putin’s propaganda machine to the world?


    And then, the newspapers he hands the info to win the Pultizer and what’s he get, a web site maintenance job. There is certain things I admire about Snowden but I find it troubling he is currenty living as a self-described indoor cat in Moscow and doing stunts like this. Is he any different than a prisoner held captive who is forced to do ransom demands via video? Sad….

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